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GATES is an epic science fiction, online comic book, written and illustrated by comic artist  Hal Hefner. It is the first webcomic ever presented by Heavy Metal Magazine and includes a soundtrack in homage to the 1981 film, Heavy Metal.

Gates the comic book officially launched on January 1, 2011 and  was updated on weekly basis, with a new comic art page, every Tuesday until Page 68.

The universe that Gates derives from is further being developed.  that more transmedia aspects of the story could be developed.

Gates is part of a bigger storyworld that is currently in development by CATMONKEY STUDIOS.

Gates been covered in Wired magazineMTVGeekdeviantART and more.

GeekChic Daily called the Gates comic book, “Dr. Moreau meets 1984. On acid.”


Gates is more than just a comic book, it is an evolving story line from a much larger story  world.

Gates was designed from its inception to be multi platform creative project that incorporates multiple forms of media and multiple platforms.

Transmedia storytelling is the technique of telling a single story or story experience across multiple platforms and media formats utilizing the most current digital technologies such as the internet, mobile and all of the various, tools available on these platforms. Transmedia storytelling involves creating massive amounts of content that engages an audience using various techniques and technologies to permeate daily lives that engulf you into the world of the story and sometimes pull you out of your comfort zone.

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GATES is a young man living a wretched existence in an isolated colony of humans. Deep within the caverns of an industrial mountain complex, his society is ruled by a totalitarian government called the ConGenement–who controls all facets of life.

The ConGenement manages the colony’s reproduction process and all people are procreated genetically susceptible to drugs that dull free thinking. Ambition-less citizens believe that life cannot exist outside of the colony’s confines and are obliviously obedient slaves to their ConGenement masters.

But Gates is special—He was conceived naturally, in secret. Unlike other citizens Gates thinks independently because his body is immune to any affects that the ConGenement regulated drugs induce. Gates has avoided ConGenement detection until recently when he is forced into a shaky partnership with a crooked ConGenement official who has uncovered his secret. In a quest to prove that life exists outside of the colony, plans go awry and Gates and two unsuspecting participants, ADRIA and KANO, are stranded in a forbidden land that is not supposed to exist.

What they discover is…


Gates is an epic tale of discovery on a scale that can only be compared to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings saga. In the tradition of ancient mythologies—Gates is a chronicle of high adventure addressing ideas of identity, society, politics, and philosophy. Gates also pontificates more modern concerns, commenting on the relevant topics of environmentalism, Darwinism, creationism, and the unchecked dangers of irresponsible scientific and technological experimentation.

The philosophy behind Gates is also inspired by great Dystopian works of literature such as 1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell as well as Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Dune by Frank Herbert, Deus Irae by Phillip K Dick and Roger Zelazny and the Island of Dr. Moreau by HG Wells. Cinematically Gates is inspired by THX-1138 by George Lucas, Fantastic Planet and Light Years by Rene Laloux and the music of Pink Floyd, Pete Namlook, Kraftwerk and so much more.

At its most basic level, Gates is a story about the evolution of humanity.

Gates is forced to answer very universal questions:

• Who am I? Who are we?

• Where did we come from?

• And what will we become?

It is the ultimate tale of man vs. nature and nature vs. technology.





Written by Hal Hefner, Illustrated by Hal Hefner (C) Copyright 2012
Based on a story and characters by Hal Hefner and David Hirsch